Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Assault of the imaginary hobgoblins

Every day comes a new example of H.L. Mencken’s imaginary hobgoblins. You know, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

The whole aim of practical politicians is to tap into fear and offer up a solution that involves putting your freedom into the hands of overlords who know better and can protect you. Of course, they don’t know better, and they can’t protect you.

I look through my book of notes to myself and see an occasional reflection of each day’s imaginary hobgoblins which didn’t come true. Remember on New Year’s Eve, Congress or President Obama (depending on who you believed was being obstinate) was going to drive the country over the fiscal cliff? In April North Korea was going to launch a nuclear missile any moment and there had been a bird flu outbreak in China. The proposed solution in each case was a government action or new regulation of some sort.

For the upteenth time, my journal quoted Tom Petty: “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.” And they don’t. They even drove over the fiscal cliff a few months later, and the average person barely noticed.

But that doesn’t stop the craven from trying to make you worry, so that you will place your freedom in their hands, clamorous to be led to safety.

They can’t and won’t protect your freedom or lead you to safety. Freedom is a state of mind, and when you trade it for some bit of external security, you have already lessened it.

Refuse to be afraid. Free yourself.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Agreed. The government phantom hobgoblins are nothing to be afraid of. They most likely are diversions and distractions from actual crimes against humanity, from crimes against the Constitution and our natural rights.

The hobgoblins avert your focus from drone strikes killing thousands of innocent people, presidential 'kill lists', spying on citizens, the crimes and abuses by TSA, illegal road blocks by VIPR, constant and continuous abuses against the Bill of Rights, the police state created by the local, militarized standing armies and on and on and on.

Refuse to be afraid and have the moral courage to stand up and say, ENOUGH!